The Institute of Politics at Harvard University released a poll conducted by the GfK Group that shows President Barack Obama’s support among 18-29 year-olds is largely gone. Their view of Obamacare has soured as well. The poll was conducted from October 30-November 11, 2013 with a sample poll of 2089 young adults.
56% of 18-to-24-year olds disapprove of President Obama’s job performance. 53% of 25-to-29-year olds disapprove of the job that President Obama is doing. Only one-in-five young Americans indicate that the country is heading in the right direction. A majority (52%) of 18-to-24-year olds would support recalling and replacing President Obama. 40% of 25-to-29-year-olds supported a recall. 19% of those who voted for President Obama in 2012 supported recalling him. 19 percent of Democrats, 82 percent of Republicans and 51 percent of Independent voters supported recalling the President.
They also have an unfavorable view of Obamacare. They conducted a split sample asking respondents about approval, quality, cost, and how they were hearing about the law identifying it for n=1,024 respondents as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and for n=1,065 respondents as Obamacare. They didn’t notice a drastic difference.
When young Americans between the ages of 18 and 29 were asked if they approve or disapprove of the comprehensive health reform package that the president signed into law in 2010, a solid majority disapproved. When the law was referred to as the Affordable Care Act, 39 percent of young Americans under 30 approved, 56 percent disapproved; and when the law was referred to as Obamacare, the numbers were nearly identical with 38 percent citing approval and 57 percent citing that they disapproved.
Regardless of the term used in describing the health care reform law, less than one-in-four (20% with use of Affordable Care Act and 22% with use of Obamacare) young Americans under the age of 30 report that they would definitely or probably enroll in insurance through an exchange if and when they are eligible. Forty-seven percent (47%) said that they will probably not or definitely not enroll under the ACA program, 45 percent say the same under Obamacare.
Between 50 (when ACA is used) and 51 percent (when Obamacare is used) of young people believe their cost of care will increase under the health reform law; approximately one-in-ten (10% under ACA, 11% under Obamacare) said that their costs will likely decrease.
See all of the poll results here.
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